Anthony Perkins as Normie Bates
Janet Leigh as Marion, the shower girl
You remember Psycho, and if you don’t I’m sure you’re familiar with most of the scenes. So much of Psycho has been ripped by other horror movies, and so much of it has been parodied in countless movies and TV shows. Psycho is the granddaddy of the intense, psychological horror movie. Marion (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 so she and her boyfriend can elope to Las Vegas, catch a few shows, and embark on their new careers as slot jockeys. As she drives, it begins to rain, so she stops off at Bates motel, so she can SHOWER. In a conversation with Norm, she discovers that he’s an even bigger loser than she is, and decides she will turn herself in tomorrow. But before that can happen, she gets hacked to death in the shower, in the movie’s most famous scene. From there it’s a whirlwind of suspense, intensity, psychological, dramatic plot twists and cross dressing, that an episode of Cops can’t supply. In fact, when the movie came out in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock (the director for you mulyaks) guaranteed that you’d pee your pants. Since then, a lot of theatres have sticky floors.